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MyHEB by Raul Garza

Raul Garza is a Latino playwright who tells stories that resound with authenticity and sense of place. He boldly explores the intersection of popular culture and cultural identity, and incorporates music, spirituality, and the power of nostalgia into works that span time and location. 

When not writing, Raul vibes on kundalini yoga, devours pop culture, and travels beyond his means.

Witch Queen by Baylee Shlichtman

Baylee Shlichtman is a writer from Orange County, CA. She has had her work read or developed with Long Beach Playhouse, AlterTheatre Ensemble, Nelson Hall Theatre, Phantom Projects, The Playground Experiment, Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, and the Orange County Playwrights Alliance. Baylee has been a winner of the inaugural Curtis Theatre Amplify Initiative, a winner and a finalist for the OC-Centric New Works Festival, a finalist for Spectrum Theatre Ensemble’s Neurodivergent New Play Initiative, and a semi-finalist for the inaugural William S. Yellow Robe Jr. Residency. She graduated from USC in May 2020 with a B.A. in Journalism.

There Will Be Bears by Ava Love Hanna

Ava Love Hanna is a professional writer, published playwright, and award-winning speaker and storyteller. She is continually amazed by how often she is mistaken for a real grown-up.
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Kitchen Conversations by Kris Thompson

Kris Thompson joined the playwriting community in 2014 but admits to a life-long love affair with writing. She has enjoyed full length, one act, radio, and monologue production by theatres, groups, and schools across the country…and occasionally beyond. One of her full-length plays, The Man in The Locket, is scheduled to be produced in October by Way Off Broadway Community Players in Leander. Kris is honored to have won a handful of awards for playwriting and, while theatre is her first and true love, she is currently swinging for the literary fence with her first novel, working title The Three Daughters, due by the end of this year. A former Austinite, Kris currently resides in Georgetown. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the National New Play Network. 

Literary Committee Members: Mia King, Faith Anderson, Eva McQuade and Indiia Wilmott

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